Summary of Liberty and Security in a Changing World

Report and Recommendations of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies

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Liberty and Security in a Changing World book summary
How can the US promote security and liberty in a world of vast technological and political change?


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Counterterrorism expert Richard A. Clarke, constitutional law scholar Cass R. Sunstein, and other top thinkers and strategists created this report about the collision of national security and personal liberty at the behest of President Barack Obama. Their transmittal letter, executive summary and historic overviews explain the group’s principles and its assumptions on global security issues. The members lay out their recommendations bluntly. When the report addresses specific legal matters, its language may leave general readers a bit behind. That is unfortunate, because the recommendations and the reasoning behind them have pragmatic utility. While never politically partisan, getAbstract recommends this report to those interested in national security, political liberty and the ragged places where those concerns intersect with information technology.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the relationship between personal liberty and national security functions,
  • What historical and political forces shape this relationship, and
  • How the United States should change its intelligence practices and policies.


The Current Situation
The United States faces a complex and ever-shifting security situation. The nation must protect individual liberty while guarding against all internal and external “threats to national security.” The US has to meet those goals while promoting its “foreign policy interests...
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About the Authors

The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies is made up of Richard A. Clarke, Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein and Peter Swire.

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